Cardinals make 4 trades in new mock draft simulation

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We have our final mock draft Saturday with another full seven-round simulation. In this simulation, I attempted to get a scenario in which the Cardinals would want to trade up. It never worked out.

Instead, this simulation through the Draft Network was all about trades and moving around the draft.

In all, there were four trades for the Cardinals. They traded back twice in the first round and then traded up twice in the third round.

They land a wide receiver in the first round, a pass rusher in the second round and two cornerbacks.

Check out the transactions below.

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Trade back to No. 27

Cardinals give up first-round pick (No. 23) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 27th pick, a fourth-round pick and a seventh-round pick.

The Bucs use the pick to land Michigan safety Dax Hill.

Trade back to No. 32

The Cardinals give up the No. 27 pick to the Detroit Lions for pick No. 32 and a fifth-round pick.

The Lions used the selection to draft quarterback Kenny Pickett.

Round 1: Penn State WR Jahan Dotson

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The Cardinals are fans of Dotson, so they get picks in the fourth and fifth rounds and still land a receiver they like. Despite not being the tallest, he can win on the outside at every level. He has 4.43-second speed and caught 91 passes for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns for Penn State in 2021.

Round 2: Kentucky EDGE Josh Paschal

Paschal made the list of Touchdown Wire’s top pass rushers. He has five sacks and 15 tackles for loss last season. He has length, speed and athleticism.

Trade up to No. 69

The Cardinals trade their third-round pick (No. 87) and their final seventh-round pick (No. 257) to the Los Angeles Chargers for the 69th pick and a seventh-round pick.

Round 3: Chattanooga OL Cole Strange

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Strange is big, strong and can run. He gives the Cardinals a lineman to groom and develop to potentially start in 2023.

Trade up from 4th round to 3rd

The Cardinals move up 30 spots, giving their fourth-round pick (No. 133) and their second sixth-round pick (No. 215) for the Kansas City Chiefs’ compensatory third-round pick (No. 103).

Round 3: Cincinnati CB Coby Bryant

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Bryant was the Bearcats’ “other” corner. He got all the work because opponents avoided expected top-five pick Sauce Gardner on the other side.

Bryant has length and adequate speed, and he is a hard-working, smart, serious player. He had 10 interceptions in five seasons.

Round 5: Sam Houston State CB Zyon McCollum

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After getting the battle-tested, heady player from a big program, they double down with a small-school athletic freak. McCollum probably won’t last till the fifth round in the actual draft.

Round 6: BYU RB Tyler Allgeier

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There is a lot to like about Allgeier, who has size and enough speed. He was the Cougars’ offensive focal point the last two seasons. He runs physically and can catch passes. At minimum, he can be what Stepfan Taylor was for the Cardinals years ago.

Round 7: Coastal Carolina EDGE Jeffrey Gunter

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The Cardinals double up at the edge with Gunter, who had five sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss last season.

He is 6-4 and 258 lbs with decent athleticism. He is strong against the run.

Round 7: Idaho LB Tre Walker

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Walker is a good-sized linebacker who was incredibly productive in college and can move little better than Evan Weaver did a couple of seasons ago.

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